Thursday, March 03, 2005

Bowden's Got The Shakes

It's been a while since Jim Bowden pulled something off--he's getting nervous. (Is there some sort of methodone equivalent for GMs, cause Bowdes is lookin' allll strung out.)
"You have to score runs," Bowden said. "We have a situation right now that we're hoping that we can get production in center field and first base."

Bowden's preference, he said, would be for Chavez and Johnson to have excellent springs. They went a combined 0 for 4 Wednesday.

"If [they produce], we have it," Bowden said. "But in the meantime, my job is: If it doesn't work, where's Plan B, Plan C, Plan D? You better not go with one plan, because a GM has to be a quarterback that's prepared to audible at the line of scrimmage."

Endy Chavez is fine, but why is he lumping Nick Johnson in the mix??? He was full of this crazy talk a few months ago, but it's tempered since. NJ is the kind of player you build around, not the kind you trade to Cincinnatti for Sean Casey (and you KNOW that's what he's up to!)

Certainly a GM needs to have back-up plans, but the problem with you, Mister Bowden, is that you frequently convince yourself that your backup plans are better than your initial starting plans.

Sometimes he reminds me of a cut-rate magician -- if he guesses enough cards, eventually, he'll get one right. "You're holding the six of hearts! No? The four of spades? Not that either? Hmmm... The King of Jacks! YES! I AM a master magician!"

And yes, audibling is important to do, but Bowden ain't Peyton Manning. John Schuerholz : Jim Bowden :: Peyton Manning : Bubby Brister

2 Comments:

  • Hey, that's the former Executive of the Year you're talking about. He won 99 games once - just ask him.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 3/03/2005 10:10 AM  

  • You are right about Bowden. He makes me nervous when there is nothing for him to do but seat back in his uniform and watch. The Nationals are on the verge of a $40 Million dollar payroll increase after the team gets new owners. The Nationals are a big market team now.
    I just hope Bowden does not do something stupid if the team has some injuries or a slow start.
    My biggest fear is that Bowden will trade away Wilkerson for a pitching prospect or a lead off hitter. Wilkerson is really the only player on the team right now with any trade potential.
    Certainly that will change once the season starts and players like Johnson and Armas prove they are back from injury.
    GM Bowden just sit on your hands and worry about moving minor league players up and down as required.

    By Anonymous hubster20003, at 3/03/2005 10:51 AM  

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